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Foxtel TV
Platinum HD
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$139/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,390 on direct debit for 12 months based on Platinum HD with iQ4
  • 2 months FREE* on every Foxtel TV pack on a 12 month plan. Ends 30.06.2019
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Includes every TV pack - Entertainment, Sport, Drama, Movies, Kids, Docos & more
  • No upfront costs. Save $503* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 95 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Sport: The world's best sport LIVE in one place; over 50 different sports
  • Movies: 10 movie channels (all movies ad-free) and over 1000 movies to stream On Demand
  • Entertainment: 45 channels of brilliant TV
  • Docos: World famous channels for curious minds
  • Kids: Entertain and inspire your kids with the world's best kids channels
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel TV
Sport + Drama + Movies + Entertainment + HD
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$108/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,080 on direct debit for 12 months based on Sport + Drama + Movies + Entertainment + HD with iQ4
  • 2 months FREE* on every Foxtel TV pack on a 12 month plan. Ends 30.06.2019
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 12 HD sports, 10 movies, 5 premium drama channels & more
  • No upfront costs. Save $441* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 73 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Sport – The best choice of LIVE sport on 12 HD sport channels.
  • Drama – Over 130 complete drama series available to stream.
  • Movies – 10 movie channels (all movies ad-free) and over 1000 movies to stream On Demand.
  • Entertainment – The best premium and exclusive lifestyle entertainment from Australia and overseas.
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel Now
All Packs
Streaming
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$104/mth Price
Min Cost - $104 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
  • Stream over 50 different sports including LIVE coverage of AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, Super Rugby, Australian and European football, Supercars, Formula 1™, international cricket and more
  • Stream the best of British from the BBC as well as hits from Universal and TV Hits
  • Stream the world's best children's entertainment
  • Stream the best documentaries from Discovery, National Geographic, Crime+Investigation, History and Foxtel originals.
Foxtel From Telstra
Platinum HD Package
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST FOR FAMILIES $99/mth Price
Min Cost - $1188.03 when you stay connected for 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 48 channels of brilliant TV channels
  • 12 Sports channels
  • 10 Movie channels
  • 5 Drama channels
  • 7 Documentary channels
  • 5 Kids channels
  • 10 Entertainment Plus channels
  • 44 HD channels
  • More terms:
  • After the first 12 months, you’ll roll over onto a $139/mth month to month subscription. For new Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra customers only.
  • Includes 1c per channel per year charge for Chelsea TV, MUTC and LFCTV and 100% credits for iQ2 or latest iQ box (depending on your technology type) and standard installation.
Foxtel TV
Sport + Drama + Entertainment + HD
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$88/mth Price
Min Cost - $880 on direct debit for 12 months based on Sport + Drama + Entertainment + HD with iQ4
  • 2 months FREE* on every Foxtel TV pack on a 12 month plan. Ends 30.06.2019
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 12 HD sports, 5 premium drama channels & more
  • No upfront costs. Save $401* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 63 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Sport – The best choice of LIVE sport on 12 HD sport channels.
  • Drama – Over 130 complete drama series available to stream On Demand.
  • Entertainment - The best premium and exclusive lifestyle entertainment from Australia and overseas.
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel TV
Movies + Drama + Entertainment + HD
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST VALUE $79/mth Price
Min Cost - $790 on direct debit for 12 months based on Drama + Movies + Entertainment + HD with iQ4
  • 2 months FREE* on every Foxtel TV pack on a 12 month plan. Ends 30.06.2019
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 10 movie channels, 5 premium drama channels & more
  • No upfront cost. Save $383* with tech install
  • Flexibility guarantee: change your package monthly to suit your needs
  • 60 channels including the Foxtel iQ4 box
  • Movies – 10 movie channels (all movies ad-free) and over 1000 movies to stream.
  • Drama – Over 130 complete series available to stream.
  • Entertainment – The best premium and exclusive lifestyle entertainment from Australia and overseas.
  • More terms: Cancel fees apply. Offer based on direct debit for 12 month plan of selected pack with an iQ4. New residential subscribers and standard install only.
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment + Sport + Movies
Satellite
4 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment
$59/mth Price
Min Cost - $708 when you stay connected for 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 48 channels of brilliant TV channels
  • 12 Sports channels
  • 10 Movie channels
  • Foxtel from Telstra allows you to modify your package: Upgrade to HD for an extra $10/month.
  • More terms:
  • After the first 12 months, you’ll roll over onto a $78/mth month to month subscription. For new Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra customers only.
  • Includes 1c per channel per year charge for Chelsea TV, MUTC and LFCTV and 100% credits for iQ2 or latest iQ box (depending on your technology type) and standard installation.
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment + Sport + Drama
Satellite
4 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama
$59/mth Price
Min Cost - $708 when you stay connected for 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 48 channels of brilliant TV channels
  • 12 Sports channels and 5 Drama channels
  • Foxtel from Telstra allows you to modify your package: Upgrade to HD for an extra $10/month.
  • More terms:
  • After the first 12 months, you’ll roll over onto a $78/mth month to month subscription. For new Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra customers only.
  • Includes 1c per channel per year charge for Chelsea TV, MUTC and LFCTV and 100% credits for iQ2 or latest iQ box (depending on your technology type) and standard installation.
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Sport pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
HOT THIS MONTH $54/mth Price
Min Cost - $54 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream over 50 different sports including LIVE coverage of AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, Super Rugby, Australian and European football, Supercars, Formula 1™, international cricket and more
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
  • Includes access to each of the MUTV, LFCTV and Chelsea TV channels for an extra 1c per channel per year.
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Movies pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$45/mth Price
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the hottest movies on demand, anytime, ad-break free
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment + Sport
Satellite
3 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment
$39/mth Price
Min Cost - $468.03 when you stay connected for 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 48 channels of brilliant TV channels
  • Plus 12 sports channels
  • Foxtel from Telstra allows you to modify your package: Upgrade to HD for an extra $10/month.
  • More terms:
  • After the first 12 months, you’ll roll over onto a $58/mth month to month subscription. For new Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra customers only.
  • Includes 1c per channel per year charge for Chelsea TV, MUTC and LFCTV and 100% credits for iQ2 or latest iQ box (depending on your technology type) and standard installation.
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Drama pack
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$35/mth Price
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best of British from the BBC as well as hits from Universal and TV Hits
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment + Drama
Satellite
3 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama
$30/mth Price
Min Cost - $360 when you stay connected for 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 48 channels of brilliant TV channels. Plus 5 Drama channels.
  • Foxtel from Telstra allows you to modify your package: Upgrade to HD for an extra $10/month.
  • More terms:
  • After the first 12 months, you’ll roll over onto a $49/mth month to month subscription. For new Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra customers only.
  • Includes 100% credits for iQ2 or latest iQ box (depending on your technology type) and standard installation.
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment + Movies
Satellite
3 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment
BEST VALUE $30/mth Price
Min Cost - $360 when you stay connected for 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 48 channels of brilliant TV channels. Plus 10 Movie channels.
  • Over 1,000 movies On Demand
  • More terms:
  • After the first 12 months, you’ll roll over onto a $58/mth month to month subscription. For new Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra customers only.
  • Includes 100% credits for iQ2 or latest iQ box (depending on your technology type) and standard installation.
Foxtel From Telstra
Entertainment
Satellite
2 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment
$29/mth Price
Min Cost - $573 includes $100 standard installation, $125 iQ box.
  • 12 Month Contract
  • 48 channels of brilliant TV for every taste
  • With the Foxtel app, you can watch live or stream shows and sporting events on the go
  • Foxtel from Telstra allows you to modify your package: Upgrade to HD for an extra $10/month.
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$25/mth Price
$25 for Basic subscription; no lock-in contracts
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 sporting events available Live and On Demand
  • SplitView feature allows watching up to 4 videos in one screen (on selected devices).
  • All content streamed in HD (bandwidth required) and comes with other features like our ‘No Spoiler!’ setting and Key moments
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Requires internet & compatible device
  • Data charges apply
  • Featuring: Cricket World Cup, Toyota AFL Premiership, NRL Telstra Premiership, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League, FIA Formula One World Championship™, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • Plus over 50 sports including: Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Supercars, Formula1, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Baseball, Rowing, Athletics, Surfing, Boxing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and more.
Foxtel Now
Essentials pack
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST VALUE $25/mth Price
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
Fetch TV
Ultimate Pack
Broadband
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST FOR FAMILIES $20/mth Price
Min Cost - Channel pack cost only. Actual cost of the product vary between ISP partners and retails.
  • All the channels included in the Kids, Knowledge, Vibe and Variety packs
  • Contract Varies
  • Get the Fetch Mighty or Mini from retailers or partner ISP's
  • Enjoy your Netflix, Stan, and YouTube on the big screen
  • Watch free to air TV, catch-up and or watch anytime with the Fetch TV App
  • Fetch Mighty ($449 RRP) or Fetch Mini ($169 RRP) is a required purchase exclusive in our monthly pricing.
  • Retail customers: Buy the Fetch Mighty box for $449 RRP and pay a $1 one-off activation fee. There is no ongoing monthly subscription for the Starter Pack. *Movie Box is an extra $1/month for retail customers. ISP customers: The Fetch box and Starter Pack are included in eligible broadband plans, or you can add the Starter Pack to your broadband plan for $10 or $15/month depending on your service provider.
Fetch TV
Special interest - beIN Sports 1 Pack
Broadband
2 Genres Content tv-shows, sport
BEST FOR SPORT $19.99/mth Price
Min Cost - Channel pack cost only. Actual cost of the product vary between ISP partners and retails.
  • Contract Varies
  • Catch all the sports action you can manage, including Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1, the best of the WTA Tour and international test rugby.
  • Get the Fetch Mighty or Mini from retailers or partner ISP's
  • beIN SPORTS 1, 2, 3 included
  • Enjoy your Netflix, Stan, and YouTube on the big screen
  • Watch free to air TV, catch-up and or watch anytime with the Fetch TV App
  • Fetch Mighty ($449 RRP) or Fetch Mini ($169 RRP) is a required purchase exclusive in our monthly pricing.
  • Retail customers: Buy the Fetch Mighty box for $449 RRP and pay a $1 one-off activation fee. There is no ongoing monthly subscription for the Starter Pack. *Movie Box is an extra $1/month for retail customers.ISP customers: The Fetch box and Starter Pack are included in eligible broadband plans, or you can add the Starter Pack to your broadband plan for $10 or $15/month depending on your service provider**.
YouTube Premium
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$14.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $14.99 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • 1 Month Free Trial
  • Access to YouTube Premium original shows
  • Ad-free & watch offline video
  • Play music and videos in the background
  • Listen to audio only on the YouTube Music app
  • Google Music subscription included at no additional cost
Stan
Basic
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$10/mth Price
Min Cost - $10 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • 30-day free trial
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • Cancel anytime
Netflix
Basic
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - 9.99 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • 1 to 4 devices
  • 30-day free trial
  • Cancel anytime
  • $9.99 per month for the entry-level, single-stream standard definition package, all the way up to $17.99 for the deluxe, 4K quality, four-stream package.
10 All Access
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
4 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, reality
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month
  • 1 Month Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream shows that you love ad-free
  • Watch new shows before they premiere on Network 10
  • Stay informed with 24/7 news on CBSN
  • Use 3 screens at the same time
  • Featured Shows: The Bachelor, NCIS, MacGyver, Tell Me A Story, Strange Angel, One Dollar, Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Compatible with iOS and Androiid devices, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast online
Amazon Prime
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$6.99/mth Price
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Download videos for offline viewing
  • Titles available in 4K
  • Stream on 3 devices at the same time
  • Download and go
  • Watch offline on the Prime Video app when you download titles to your iPhone, iPad, Tablet, or Android device.
hayu
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
3 Genres Content tv-shows, lifestyle, reality
$6.99/mth Price
There is no messy contract to sign, or ugly break-up. You can unsubscribe anytime.
  • 30 day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Get the hayu app to download your favourite shows.
  • Pick from over 3,000+ episodes of reality TV
  • The Real Housewives
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Southern Charm
  • Botched
  • Million Dollar Listing
DocPlay
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, documentaries, lifestyle, music
STAFF PICK $6.95/mth Price
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial
  • Try DocPlay for the first 30 days for free
  • No Contract
  • Watch over 450 of the very best documentaries from around the world including over 25 Academy Award ™ winners & nominees.
  • New films & shows are added every week
  • Apps available for Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  • Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
  • Stream unlimited documentaries on any device with a DocPlay Premium subscription
  • Cancel anytime.
OVOPlay
OVOPlay
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$0/mth Price
It's free to enjoy OVOPlay when you're an Ovo mobile customer.
  • No Contract
  • It's free to enjoy OVOPlay
  • But you get an even better experience when you register
  • And, if you're a mega fan of live sport you can stream data-free with an OVO SIM card
  • We'd recommend downloading OVOPlay from your app store - it's available in iOS and Android versions but if you're not keen on apps you can use a web browser. 


iTunes
Pay Per View
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0.00/ days Price
Pricing varies depending on title
  • No Contract
  • Rent movies from 99c
  • Buy movies from $10
  • Buy TV episodes from 99c
  • iTunes makes it easy to lose yourself in a movie or TV show, whether you’re relaxing at home or out in the world.
  • Just download your favourite episodes or movies and you have something great to watch while you’re commuting to work, travelling or just standing in a queue.
  • You can enjoy bonus movie content like deleted and alternative scenes with iTunes Extras.
  • If you can’t decide what to watch, check out Top TV Seasons or the hand-picked Movie of the Week.
  • And if you watch on Apple TV 4K, you’ll be able to enjoy a tremendous selection of your favourite content in 4K HDR.
SBS
On Demand
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch full episodes of your favourite SBS shows online
  • Over 600 movie titles
  • App for Kindle Reader available
  • Enjoy free unlimited streaming of shows, movies and events
Ten
Tenplay
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch shows from Channel TEN, 10 Peach & 10 Bold
  • Live streaming, watch sports as they happen
  • Exciting extras including interviews and trailers
  • Compatible on most devices
Nine
9Now
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch shows from Channel Nine, 9Gem, 9Go! & 9Life
  • Enjoy live streaming, catch-up, and on demand content
  • Sign up and get notified for new episodes
  • Compatible on most devices
Seven
Plus7
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch full episodes of shows from Seven, 7mate, 7TWO, 7flix, & racing.com
  • Enjoy it live and free online or on mobile
  • No account sign-up needed
  • Compatible on most devices
Telstra TV Box Office
Pay Per View
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality, music
STAFF PICK $/ days Price
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title
  • No Contract
  • The latest releases fresh from the cinema
  • Choose from a huge library of movies and TV Shows to rent and buy, from blockbusters to old favourites
  • No subscription fee, you control what you spend and when you spend it
  • $5.99 for SD and $6.99 for HD when purchasing titles
  • If you just want to rent a title, it will cost you $1.99 for SD and $2.99 for HD
  • You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them
  • Individually, episodes typically run $2.99 for SD and $3.49 for HD
Google Play
Pay Per View
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0.00/ days Price
Pricing varies depending on title
  • No Contract
  • Rent movies SD $5.99 or HD $6.99 (discounts available)
  • Buy movies SD $19.99 or HD $24.99 (discounts available)
  • Buy TV episodes SD $2.99 or HD $3.49, seasons starting from $12.99
  • Watch new releases, award-winning films and movie classics instantly
  • Early releases
  • Download offline videos
  • Types: Action Movies, Animation Movies, Sci-Fi Movies, Adventure Movies, Comedy Movies
Ozflix
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
1 Genre Content movies
$0/mth Price
Pricing varies depending on title
  • No Contract
  • Ozflix is committed to making Aussie films easily accessible to both our local and international audiences
  • Watch on 4 screens
ABC
iView
Streaming
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Catch up with your favourite ABC shows for free
  • High-speed streaming and ad-free
  • Simulcast live streaming of other ABC channels
  • Compatible on most devices

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Pay TV in Australia

Australians didn’t always have the vast array of television options we have at our disposal today. In the past, our TV entertainment was pretty much limited to whatever Channels Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC, and SBS had on. And if we wanted to watch something, we’d have to be in front of the TV there and then. There was no streaming, and no on-demand. If we were lucky, we might’ve had a VCR available to record our favourite programs, meaning we could watch them at a later date. Generally, however, flexibility was relatively limited.

Until, that is, pay TV came along. Kicking off with the launch of Galaxy on Australia Day of 1995, pay TV eventually came to be dominated by Foxtel for a good couple of decades. The major benefit of subscription television was that it offered a far wider range of content than you would find on free-to-air channels. There was no on-demand service back then, but there were channels which were specifically dedicated to replaying past programming.

Nowadays, Foxtel is far from our only choice. It is certainly one of the best, but there are numerous other platforms which offer an array of benefits, all suiting different people based on their specific combination of budget, the type of content they like to watch, and how they like to watch it.

What to Consider

There are a whole range of things which go into choosing which of the various platforms at your disposal is the best option for you. Fortunately, we’re here to cover all of these factors in detail to make it a little easier for you to decide.

Content

Without a doubt, the first thing you’ll need to consider is what type of content you want to watch the most on your Pay TV service. If, for example, you’re after the biggest range of TV shows and movies, Netflix might be the way to go. In contrast, sports lovers will no doubt be attracted by Foxtel’s huge range of quality sports networks, while reality TV enthusiasts might be best-suited to a platform like hayu, which focuses exclusively on this type of content. Most people don’t watch just one genre, so you’ll likely be looking for something which combines a few of your favourite types of programming. Regardless of what you like, however, it’s vital that you ensure the service you go for will be able to fulfil your needs.

Data Usage

Though there are certainly similarities between how much data different streaming services use, there are some which tend to eat through your data a little more. If you have unlimited data on your broadband plan, this won’t be too much of a problem for you. If, however, you have a capped plan, you could end up paying more than you bargained for. Too much streaming could see you needing to pay excess charges for exceeding your data limit, or you may even need to purchase a more data-heavy plan to accommodate your needs – something which will inevitably cost a little more money – so make sure you know how much data a platform is likely to use before you sign up.

Cost

Cost is an obvious factor, and one which virtually everyone will take into consideration prior to purchasing anything, not just pay TV. The way pay TV platforms structure their prices varies, but for the most part you’ll be looking at a monthly fee to access a group of networks or a library of content. For some, you’ll simply be paying monthly on no-contract, while others will lock you in for a certain period of time – the latter option, though it doesn’t sound ideal, can often end up saving you money. Other services charge on a per-view basis, which is suitable for lower-volume viewers who might not want to pay a monthly fee for something they will only occasionally use.

Bearing these things in mind will make it easier for you to determine which of the following pay TV services is best suited to you.

Foxtel

The pioneer of pay TV in Australia, Foxtel delivers over 90 channels of entertainment, news and sports via cable and satellite. Both methods require installation at the customer’s premises if Foxtel hasn’t been connected there before.

Foxtel recently launched their live 4K programming alongside the new iQ4K box. You can automatically record your favourite shows to watch later with the exact same quality as if you were watching them live. Coupled with a broadband internet connection, the Foxtel iQ4K box also give you access to on-demand replays of recent shows, live sport and entire seasons of certain programs – all of which is included in the subscription cost. Plus, you get access to the Foxtel app, allowing you to watch content on demand wherever you are.

Foxtel Now

With Foxtel Now, you can stream the best choice of new shows, complete seasons, and live sport from around the world. Start things off with the Pop & Lifestyle entry pack, from which you can add on other premium packs including Drama, Movies, Sport, and Movies. If you want more content on top of that, you can get the all-inclusive pack that comes with the Kids and Docos packs as well.

Foxtel Now also currently offers a free trial so that new subscribers can take it for a test drive with no lock-in contract across a range of compatible devices including PC’s, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation and Google Chromecast, as well as select Smart TV’s and more.

Foxtel From Telstra

Two names – one awesome service. Foxtel from Telstra is exactly what the name says. It’s Foxtel in its full, home-installed form, but sold and billed by Telstra. Therefore, it’s only available to those who have an active Telstra service of some kind (a prepaid mobile service is perfectly fine). There are often extremely compelling deals available on Foxtel packages when you subscribe this way, so it’s well worth checking out what’s on offer.

The packages are a bit different from Foxtel. You can choose between Entertainment, Entertainment plus Drama or Movies, Entertainment plus Sport, Entertainment plus Sport and Drama or Movies, and Platinum HD, which includes all channels. Subscribers also get access to the Foxtel app to stream content anytime. See what’s trending on Foxtel from Telstra.

Fetch TV

The relative newcomer to Pay TV in Australia has found itself a lot of fans. Its extremely capable hardware gives customers access not only to a range of general-interest pay TV channels (delivered via broadband streaming), but also the cream of on-demand video providers such as Stan and Netflix.

Continuing to garner attention in the world of Pay TV for its solid deals, Fetch TV’s larger boxes – available to buy outright or on plans – are also feature-packed hard-disk video recorders. They enable you to capture free-to-air programs to watch later and come with tons of features you’ll likely enjoy. If you have a fast broadband connection, Fetch is a worthy Foxtel alternative. The premium channel packs are only $6/month, or you can get them all for $20/month. Plus, Fetch also offers World TV packages and specialised sport packages, so you can customise your subscription so that it best matches your needs.

Kayo Sports

One of the most recent players to enter the pay TV game in the country, Kayo Sports is the only sports-dedicated streaming service that delivers over 50 sports live, on-demand, and in High Definition. It proves to be the most suitable choice for avid sports fanatics, who only want to pay for watching sports.

Given that Kayo is backed by the experts at Fox Sports, you can also expect nothing but the best sporting events from the country and around the world. Even better news is that Kayo costs way cheaper than Foxtel’s sports pack, and also comes with a variety of special features including Key Moments, SplitView, and No Spoilers – making it the best option for sports fans all over the country.

Ten All Access

Network Ten made waves with the announcement of their very own streaming service, Ten All Access. Launched in partnership with CBS in the US, Ten All Access delivers the hottest shows on TV including reality hits like The Bachelor and Survivor, plus acclaimed dramas such as The Good Wife, NCIS, and CSI.

Thanks to their 1-month free trial offer, you’ll get instant access to over 7,000 commercial-free episodes that includes both classics, original shows, and the latest releases. If that’s not enough, you can also tune in to CBSN’s 24/7 live news stream. After the free trial, you can continue to watch your favourite shows from Network Ten and CBS for just under ten bucks a month, which is still quite a deal given the quality of shows they have on offer.

hayu

Hayu is the perfect streaming service for reality TV fans. With over 3,000 episodes of the world’s most addictive shows, the platform caters to a very niche crowd. Some episodes arrive the same day as the US, so Keeping up with the Kardashians becomes a breeze. At $5.99/month, hayu is a bargain for true reality TV addicts.

Besides fresh episodes straight from the US, hayu hosts complete seasons of exciting series, allowing fans to binge from the start. You also get tons of other exclusive reality content like stories, quizzes, and popular clips you can share on social media. All in all, hayu is the undoubted home of reality TV. Top content on hayu includes shows from the Real Housewives franchise, Below Deck, Million Dollar Listing New York, Flipping Out, and more.

Telstra TV Box Office

Looking for the latest blockbusters straight from the cinema? Formerly known as BigPond Movies, Telstra TV Box Office offers a wide range of movies to buy or rent, from box-office hits to classic darlings. There are no ads or subscription fees to worry about – you simply watch what you want, when you want it. You can rent movies or buy movies & TV shows to watch again and again. Since there’s no subscription fee, you control what you spend and when you spend it.

Top releases on BigPond Movies include Black Panther, Ocean’s Eight, Aquaman and many other blockbuster films. You can watch on your computer, mobile device, the new Telstra TV, or selected smart TVs. New movies cost around $16 to buy and $6 to rent. As for TV shows, there are plenty to choose from – including Peaky Blinders, Suits, Outlander, Brooklyn Nine Nine, and Gotham.

Stan

Stan has been growing significantly in recent times. Aside from offering a generous catalogue of TV shows and movies, the service also fast-tracks several popular US TV shows, so you can watch the latest episodes as soon as they appear. You can get Stan in either SD, HD, or Ultra HD, with each respective plan costing an extra couple of dollars per month. Whichever plan you choose, you get access to the platform’s entire library of content. You can watch Stan on a variety of devices – game consoles, smart TVs, and media streaming devices.

OzFlix

OzFlix is a unique streaming service, in that it only offers Australian movies. The platform is committed to making Aussie films easily accessible to both local and international audiences through the highest quality streaming technologies available. Not only that, but the team behind the project is hoping to eventually source “Every Aussie Movie. Ever”.

Another great thing about OzFlix is that, unlike other services, once a movie becomes available on the platform, it will never be deleted. Popular titles include Blue World Order, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dish, The Babadook, and more. The service also offers original content in the form of movie reviews, interviews, and fun facts. Instead of paying for a monthly subscription, you buy/rent the titles you want.

DocPlay

Are you a fan of documentaries? DocPlay is the perfect addition to your streaming catalogue. As the title suggests, the service only offers documentaries – from classics like Blowfish and Bowling for Columbine to more recent releases. Some docos are available for free every month, in SD, and with ads. However, to take advantage of everything DocPlay had to offer, you will need a subscription – though this is available for either a low monthly cost, or a slightly reduced annual fee.

Docos are sorted into six different interest groups – Australian Stories, Art and Culture, Human Interest, Music, Science and Nature, and Sports. There is a strong presence of Australian documentaries, which is a plus. Popular titles include The September Issue, Searching for Sugar Man, The Cove, and Sherpa.

Netflix

If you know a bit about streaming services, you’re probably already familiar with this one. Netflix has been around the block for a while, which shows in their dedication to constantly improving the service. There is a ton of original content available – movies, TV shows, documentaries, and kids programmes.

Netflix is available on a wide array of devices, from smartphones to streaming media gadgets. You can download shows for later to avoid burning through mobile data. There are three subscription plans, from $9.99 to $17.99. All in all, if Netflix’s original shows don’t win your over, the user-friendly interface and seamless streaming experience will.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video in Australia is making baby steps towards joining the big leagues. The service boasts a pretty small library of content, but it’s growing month by month, and the incredibly affordable price makes it an appealing prospect in any case.

The service is especially worth it if you’re a fan of Amazon originals: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Mozart in the Jungle, Sneaky Pete, The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Bosch, I Love Dick, and more. If you prefer a wider range of content, however, the small content library might not be enough to satisfy your binge cravings, but at such a low price you might want to give it a go anyway.

iTunes

iTunes allows you to buy/rent titles – whether we’re talking about movies, shows, or music. You pay as you go and, thanks to iCloud, the content you buy appears on all your devices. With a huge library of content, there’s likely you’ll find something you fancy. iTunes is also home to Apple Music, with an enormous catalogue of 40 million songs, curated playlists, Beats 1 radio and more.

What makes iTunes great is the platform’s convenience for iPhone and iPad users. However, buying entire seasons of TV shows can get pricey. So if you’re an avid binge-watcher, investing in a subscription-based service may be the way to go. If you only watch occasionally though, iTunes is a great pick.

Google Play

Similar to iTunes, Google Play offers content for purchase on a pay-as-you-go basis. Unlike iTunes, the service is available for both Android and iOS users. There is a ton of content available, from classic movies to recent TV shows. You will need to download the Google Play Movies & TV app to your desired device.

However, as was the case for iTunes, buying entire seasons of TV shows can get expensive. Still, Google Play is a great choice for anyone looking to buy a recently released movie or TV episode. For TV shows, you can also purchase a Season Pass. This ensures you will get access to each new episode as it becomes available.

YouTube Premium

If you are an avid YouTube user, investing in a YouTube Premium subscription makes sense. First off, you get rid of ads. Secondly, you unlock original content by YouTube influencers. Watch creators like Dan and Phil, Rhett & Link, Shay Carl, PewDiePie, Lilly Singh, and more take their creativity to new heights in their most ambitious productions ever including feature-length movies, documentaries and series.

Finally, you can play music and videos even when offline. Not to mention the fact that you can switch to another app on your phone and YouTube will continue to play uninterrupted in the background. Users can purchase a YouTube Premium subscription for a relatively low monthly price, a price which also includes a Google Play Music subscription as a bonus.


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